2012 Is Pushed Back January 21, 2009 Roland Emmerich’s “2012” release date pushed back Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi blockbuster 2012 has been pushed back to November. Sony distribution president Rory Bruer revealed that the studio hoped to capitalise on the lucrative Thanksgiving season. “We’ve had such success with the James Bond films in November that we wanted a big tentpole film in that slot this year,” he said. “We’ve got so many films in the summer that this is the perfect answer to that.”. 2012 centres upon a Mayan prophecy that the world will be destroyed in 2012.